December 07, 2009
December 01, 2009
November 23, 2009
UNLIKE the aggressive and territorial goose who honked up a storm along that last road section before the finish. If you warmed up there, you might've been chased by the feller.
The top two females also finished closely; Renee Knapp took first (54:06) and Michaela Driscoll was a few ticks behind (54:24). Diana Davis, road and track racer, set down her studies to tear up the trails for a solid 3rd (56:37).
While I wore Don't Shoot Me orange, I wanted to REPreSENT so I flashed my pink "Beaver Power" Sock Guy Socks. I think I should also try the white/brown "Got Wood" pair, too, just to see what happens. Sock-ET 2 Em.
It was hot this year (mid-50's) so after the run I soaked my feet with Bill H in the Watchaug Pond. OMG, That was cold. (Pond in November = free & natural ice-bath substitute).
Overall by slowing down my pace by 30 seconds/mile, I felt awesome for most of the race and had something left for the road sprint and that goose —#42!
Other beavers from our colony were missed, especially, Li'l Roy.
Julie O was at JFK!
November 11, 2009
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|Stone Cat Trail Races 2009|
Stone Cat 2008
|2008 Stone Cat 50 Mile and Marathon Trail Races (Photos by Emily Trespas)|
Stone Cat 2007 (Finish Area)
|2007 Stone Cat Trail Races (Finish Area) (By. Emily Trespas)|
more...Stone Cat 2007 (Woods Photos)
|2007 Stone Cat Trail Races (Woods Photos)|
November 08, 2009
A quick post to share a video of Aliza Lapierre, of Williston, VT, breaking the women's 50-mile course record at the 2009 Stone Cat Trail Race. She finished strongly in 7:19:19, crushing Christine Daly's 2008 course record of 8:06:14.
Amy Lane ran an impressive 50 miles for second woman in a time of "F:AS:T!" with a smile and no-worse-for-the-wear.
Her 7:54:40 ALSO broke the previous woman's course record!
RESULTS for 2009 Stone Cat Trail Races
On the men's side, Brian Rusieki, from Leeds, MA, broke Leigh Schmitt's 2008 50-mile record of 6:30:08 with a close and "comfortable" 6:27:37. Leigh was right behind Brain with 6:32:06. What a full fall of long races and quick paces for these leaders!
October 28, 2009
Then the Yoda appeared and said,
"Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose."
I knew what he meant.
When I began to ask him about what fears and which losses? He'd vanished. With that advice, I walked back through the woods to my car and prepared for the race. Still I felt unsettled in mind and body.
"Much to learn you still have."
I hadn't used Nuun for months since switching over to another running nutrition system but at Groton I decided to use them up for the shorter distance race. Combined with two weeks of poor sleep, inadequate hydration and faster-than-usual tempo running, I completed the Groton test with a bonus ankle twist! YOW!
Note: On a group run in Willowdale, Dan joked that I "saw" the Yoda. I thought I would let him know that little Jedi cheered us on at the Groton finish line!
Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.--Yoda
October 18, 2009
I drove my best “Daisy Dukes of Hazzard” along Old Right Road to meet GAC's trail-tour group but missed them; as I was tying my sneakers, they disappeared into the woods. Thankfully the usual trail suspects waited for me. (Sorry to make you wait! I hope I made up for it with some entertaining animal imitations and calls of the wild (not the "W.C." kind-of-call).)
Add six trail runners, three maps, a bag of Chips Ahoy, two Feelmax Pankas, four Garmin Forerunners (with four different distances), and 6 ¼ cups of pit stop into two State Forests. Slowly mix in a Stone Cat loop (plus a little extra for dusting), and a Fat-Ass & 6-Hour lap with some mud. Stir with an upside-down map and beaver tails. Chill. Let the clock run for 4+ hours. Flip over 22 miles for a half-delirious group. Optional: add mountain bikers for texture. (Missing Ingredient: Michelle!)
- Who laminated a map?
- Who left the map in the car?
- Who printed a map onto waterproof paper?
- Who yields to the trail?
- Who laughs in the map's general direction?
- Who Zip-Lock Baggied a map?
(Note: sometimes a nickname readily appears while another warrants deeper distillation. All are very subject to change.)
- Dan: The Cartographer;
- Streph: Dr. Feeling-Quite-Himself;
- KZ: The Vim in Vigor;
- Steve: Cookie Monster. Leading: Capt. Chips Ahoy;
- Paul L.: Slingshot or maybe *Speedy Gonzales (the fastest mouse in Mexico). *This might not fit/sit well??—need more information and runs.
October 08, 2009
Thank you for that special view,
Trail Pixie Trespas
What to do?
Pass gently through the woods and head up high to an opening. Lookout.
The view was breathtaking. Mesmerizing. At that moment, being lost didn't matter. I knew where I was... generally. On the cusp of dusk, a chill in the air and an empty water bottle, nothing mattered but the view. I'd long forgotten about the nutty weather (sun to rain to sun to hail) coupled with "a wind advisory." The mountain blush reminded me of what a gift it can be to get lost.
On my way down through a field and saw a man (whose dog spotted me first) putting his dog back on leash. He waited while holding the dog's collar, and watched as I approached. "Good evening, sir (& a "nice doggy" to your mini horse...oh, I mean dog), Do you know the way out of these woods?" He softly answered, "Yes, of course, I will show you, if you would like."
We walked out of the woods, talking about his 170-pound Irish Wolfhound, fiddle playing, and changes to the land and its ownership through which we passed. Then I was invited to meet his ACTUAL thoroughbred horses, one of two barn cats and this trust-worthy land and animal lover. Thank you for being kind and generous of spirit. I discovered so much more than a way out of the woods.
October 05, 2009
The 13th Breakneck 20k Trail Race was Sunday, October 4th, in Bigelow Hollow State Park, Union, Connecticut.
I watched my footing, tree blazes and commitment to not wiping out nor torquing parts that I shouldn't. Success. Saturday's generous rain slicked up yummy moss-covered rocks and slathered slime on skinned roots. Punctuated with mud-sucking sounds of pretty little "water" crossings.
while still sitting lady-like in a nuu-muu running dress.
Memorables out there in the Bigelow Hollow:
Results on WMAC.
For more details and exciting news check out Scott Livingston's Breakneck Post.
Thanks for the homemade food and great event!
September 23, 2009
As an indoor cat, it's important that he supplement his rigorous sleeping schedule with regular exercise. In addition to his avid bird-feeder watching and pouncing, his daily mouse-fetching and retrieval, and his laps around the apartment during imaginary hunting expeditions, this little laser adds variety to his work out.
Check out Breakheart Dan's recent post Have Pets Replaced Children? take a look. Now, if I could just train my cat to trail run with me.....
September 17, 2009
So, the relay option is a sensible way to get in the distance and climbing over rugged trail terrain, as well as to sample a beautiful course through a lot of privately owned land. (Thank you, VT Folks!) The first leg is 12.3 miles, the second is 19.6 and the last is 18.1 miles. I'll be the tortoise in the middle on leg #2. Purr-fect!
Hairy & the Tortoises will follow up post race!
interactive and satellite maps (for many places/races).
September 07, 2009
Sunday I meandered along the Wapack Trail (starting from Windblown) to take photos of trail racers and friends, take in the views, and to take time to recover and reflect. While it would have been a treat to participate in the full distance, my eight-mile power-hike—with spurts of wogging—was a wise and timely choice.
For more information (& MAPS) about the Wapack Trail check out Friends of the Wapack.
Here's a course description from the Race Director, Paul Funch:
"The race is 17.5 miles. The course is an out-and-back that follows the Wapack Trail between New Ipswich, NH and Ashburnham, MA. There are four major mountains in between: Barrett, New Ipswich, Pratt, and Watatic, from north to south. Total climb is said to be about 3,700 feet. On a clear day, you can see for miles, including stunning views of Mt. Monadnock to the northwest..."
- RESULTS. (Scroll to bottom of results for excellent race write up by Paul Funch.)
August 31, 2009
With 150 total runners in both events, the pack quickly spread out, which meant I ran solo for nearly 6+ hours. I enjoyed this immensely and got into the zone between thinking about love, my life choices, running and the insightful conversations during the (5+ hour) ride to upstate NY with two new running friends. What a positive rush to see them out on the course. They both clocked impressive and inspiring times on their first 50ks!
Theresa (132) finished 4th overall woman and Amy (139) took 8th overall woman.
Below: Finishing lap #3.
With 23.3 miles down and just 7.77 miles to go!
Lap 1 —1:31:39
Lap 2 —1:34:22
Lap 3 —1:37:03
Lap 4 —1:38:41
Overall I ran, walked, and power-hiked a 6:21:44. I'd hoped to break 6 hours but not knowing the course and my low mileage, I soon recognized the goal as unrealistic for the day so in my second lap I set a new goal to break 6:30. My last half-mile was a sprint to the finish in an 8:27 pace!
The Loop course with Mile Markers "M"
The Elevation Profile of one loop:What goes up must come down.
August 23, 2009
"Fred, the Large Moose Trophy," (above) at Cardboard Safari.
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Speaking of HOT! Some folks at the race asked about my running dress so here's the skinny: my nuu-muu review. I wore my Fleur nuu-muu exercise dress to see how it feels in high heat & humidity for potential donning at GLER. Not only is it hot (sassy-like), it is damn hot—too, HOT for GLER. Hopefully the fabulous nuu-muu folks might design one with peek-a-muu venting mesh around the mid-section! I will wear my beloved nuu-muu in cooler temps, including winter with layers.
--Agent Rogersz. (Repo Man, 1984)
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My Moose Tracks:
Lap 1. 25:30
Lap 2. 25:03
Lap 3. 26:13
Lap 4. 25:03
Bottom Line. Actually, Chest Line. The only thing I suffered from not having was Body Glide! The chaffing was not from my nuu-muu but from my anatomy and foundation garment. I censored the photo above to exemplify what may occur in the dissonance of heat, humidity, sweat and friction against delicate flesh.